The side includes five uncapped players – up front props Ilse Van Staden (Cooke and Ulster) and Ciara O’Connor (Galwegians and Connacht) will be hoping to win their first Ireland caps during the course of this year’s Women’s Six Nations, as will backs, scrum-half Ailsa Hughes from Railway Union and Leinster, out-half Jemma Jackson from Cooke and Ulster and wing Eimear Considine, from UL Bohemians and Munster, who has been capped for the Ireland Women’s 7s.

Niamh Briggs will again captain the side.

Ireland will play Scotland in their first game of the Championship on Friday, 3rd February at the Broadwood Stadium in Glasgow. They will then travel to L’Aquila to face Italy on Sunday 12th February.

Their first home game will be against France in Donnybrook on Sunday, 26th February. They will then take on Wales in the Cardiff Arms Park, on Saturday, 11th March – the morning after Ireland Men play Wales at the Principality Stadium.

Ireland will finish the Championship at home against England on 17th March, in what will be a double header in Donnybrook on St. Patrick’s Day, as the Ireland U20s will play their English counterparts before the Women’s game.

For the first time since the inception of the tournament, all of Ireland’s games will be broadcast live on RTE.

Speaking on the selection, Tom Tierney said:

“It’s set to be a busy and exciting year for this team, and it all gets underway next Friday against Scotland.

“While we had some tough games in November, the experience the players gained in those matches will stand to them as we head into the Six Nations Championship.

“There is a good blend of youth and experience in the squad, and having had weekly camps since Christmas, we’ve been working hard getting our structures in place and making sure everyone knows their job.

“The fact that all of our games will be broadcast this season adds an additional element of excitement to the campaign so everyone is looking forward to it all getting underway.”

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Ireland Women’s 2017 Six Nations Squad

Forwards (17)

Elaine Anthony (Highfield / Munster)
Anna Caplice (UL Bohemians / Munster)
Ciara Cooney (Railway Union / Leinster)
Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College / Leinster)
Orla Fitzsimons (St. Mary’s College / Leinster)
Nichola Fryday (Tullamore / Connacht)
Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians / Munster)
Leah Lyons (Highfield / Munster)
Claire Molloy (Bristol / Connacht)
Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union / Leinster)
Heather O’Brien (Highfield / Munster)
Ciara O’Connor (Galwegians / Connacht)*
Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians / Connacht)
Lindsay Peat (Railway Union / Leinster)
Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
Ilse Van Staden (Cooke / Ulster)*

Backs (13)

Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians / Munster) Captain
Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians / Munster)*
Mairead Coyne (Galwegians / Connacht)
Aine Donnelly (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
Mary Healy (Galwegians / Connacht)
Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union / Leinster)*
Jemma Jackson (Cooke / Ulster)*
Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians / Munster)
Claire McLaughlin (Cooke / Ulster)
Alison Miller (Old Belvedere / Connacht)
Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)
Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere / Leinster)

*denotes uncapped player

Ireland Women’s Six Nations Fixtures 2017

Friday 3rd February 2017

Scotland Women v Ireland Women, 6.35pm, Broadwood Stadium, Glasgow (Live on RTE)

Sunday 12th February 2017

Italy Women v Ireland Women, 2pm (1pm GMT), Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L’Aquila (Live on RTE)

Sunday 26th February 2017

Ireland Women v France Women, 12.45pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin (Live on RTE)

Saturday 11th March 2017

Wales Women v Ireland Women, 11.30pm, BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff (Live on RTE)

Friday 17th March 2017

Ireland Women v England Women, 8pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin (Live on RTE / Sky Sports)